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January 2020

FREE ESL Lesson Plan- Movie

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Topic: Movies

Level: Intermediate

Age: 15-18 years

Length: 45 minutes

TESOL Methodology: Communicative Approach, Macrologue, movie review, and drawing activity

Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing

Lesson Objectives: Students are able to discuss themes and ideas used in film and express their own opinion on the film.

Resources: Overhead projector, DVD player, pack of blank paper

Warm-up (optional): Share with students the title of my personal favourite film and why it is my favourite. Ask students to share their favourite movies and reasons why.

Pre-task (optional):
Show students short film

Teaching 1: Arrange students in a circle to discuss what the film was about, the themes used, ideas, setting etc. Record the discussion using a Macrologue.

Task 1: Complete Macrologue

Teaching 2: Students remain in the circle. Initially express own opinion on the film, stating whether I liked the film or not. Draw on the board a table divided into two columns, one for comments favouring the film and the other for comments disliking the film. Students are each asked to express their own opinion with a comment as to why they did or did not like the film. Students share the role of being scribe, writing comments in the table. Votes are tallied to get overall class consensus.

Task 2: Students take turns expressing their opinion. Students share the scribe role.

Teaching 3: Place students into pairs and explain the drawing activity. Students must draw pictures related to the film.

Task 3: Students play a drawing game. The pair with the best drawing replications receives a prize.

Follow-up: On the board write a final class review of the film to be published on movie review website with students assisting in how the review is written.

Homework: Ask students to write a review of their own on their favourite movie using the class review as an example of how to format the review. A review must also have a star rating out of 10 using drawn stars.


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FREE ESL Activity- Communication for Intermediate

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Communication activity for Intermediate Teenagers

Students are placed into pairs. Students are assigned roles of either ‘student A’ or ‘student B’. Students both receive a piece of paper; ‘student A’ must spend a few minutes drawing a picture on the piece of paper without ‘student B’ seeing. Students sit back to back, ‘student A’ gives instructions for ‘student B’ to replicate the drawing. Questions can be asked.
Students then compare drawings and swap roles, receiving another piece of paper each. This time ‘student B’ draws the picture and ‘student A’ must replicate, this time questions must be yes/no questions.

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8 Taiwanese Foods You Have to Try

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1. Pearl Milk Tea (Zhen Zhu Nai Cha)

As long as you come to Taiwan, you must drink a cup of Pearl Milk Tea. The chewy tapioca balls (also known as pearls or boba) mix with sweet milk and a different flavour of black tea. Pearl Milk Tea is now gradually transformed into a variety of drinks. There are ‘Boba Milk Tea’ which represents milk tea with large pearls, ‘Brown Sugar Pearl Milk’, the pearls that boiled with brown sugar, and the white pearls which also called ‘Agar Boba’ or ‘Crystal Boba’.

2. Stinky Tofu (Chou Dou Fu)

Stinky Tofu is the fermented tofu with a strong odour. The fried stinky tofu has a crunchy appearance, and the inside is soft and absorbs the aroma of soy sauce. Taiwanese like to add pickled kimchi or cucumber to eat, or you can also add some chilli! Spicy halogen stinky tofu is another cooking method for stinky tofu. In some hot pot restaurants, you can also order the set of ‘Spicy Duck Blood and Stinky Tofu’, the duck blood and halogen stinky tofu is the perfect match!

3. Braised Pork Rice (Lu Rou Fan)

Braised Pork Rice is a home taste for Taiwanese. This rice dish is commonly seen throughout Taiwan, but the flavour may be different in the north and the south. However, the basic ingredients remain the same: the ground pork cooked with soy sauce is placed on the steamed rice.

4. Fried Chicken Fillet (Ji Pai)

Fried Chicken Fillet, a kind of fried chicken, can be taken away at any time which is very common in Taiwan. It is also the must-eat and most popular snack in Taiwan’s night market! It is crispy on the outside and tender juicy on the inside with many kinds of seasonings you can choose, like chilli powder, allspice, seaweed powder, mustard powder, cheese powder, etc.

5. Oyster Omelette (Oh Ah Jen)

Oyster Omelette is one of the most famous street foods in Taiwan but this omelette is not exactly the same as the western style omelette. This omelette is mixed the potato starch into the egg batter with some small oysters and people can pour savoury sauce or chilli sauce on top of the omelette to add more taste. Sometimes, shrimp can be substituted in place of oysters, and it is called shrimp omelette.

6. Oyster Vermicelli (Oh Ah Mi Sua)

Oyster Vermicelli, a kind of popular noodle soup in Taiwan, is a bowl of wheat vermicelli with cooked rich bonito and topped with juicy, plump oysters, pork intestine and homemade chilli sauce.

7. Small Sausage in Large Sausage (Da Chang Bao Xiao Chang)

This is a snack sausage sandwich in Taiwan which is commonly known as Taiwanese hot dog. A segment of Taiwanese pork sausage is wrapped in a sticky rice sausage. Taiwanese usually grill it and add some raw garlic, pickled cucumber, hot peppers, think soy sauce paste to complement its taste.

8. Pork Belly Bun (Gua Bao)

Pork Belly Bun is such as the Taiwan version burger, it consists of a slice of stewed meat and other condiments sandwiched between the flat steamed bread. The traditional filling for Pork Belly Bun is a slice of red-cooked pork belly, sauerkraut, coriander, parsley, and ground peanuts.

Best Markets in Taiwan for Food and Shopping

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1. Shilin Night Market (士林夜市)

The Shilin Night Market is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. This night market consists of two elements: local cuisine and general merchandise. There are many Taiwan’s traditional foods can be found here such as Fried Chicken Fillet, Pearl Milk Tea, Oyster Vermicelli, Taiwanese Sausage, and the most notorious Taiwanese snack, Stinky Tofu. The most popular food in Shilin Night Market is Oyster Omelette which is pronounced as ‘Oh Ah Jen’ in Taiwanese.

2. Raohe Street Night Market (饒河夜市)

The Raohe Street Night Market, one of the oldest night markets in Taipei, is a must-visit destination for the tourists! In addition to enjoying delicious street foods in this night market, you can also take a stroll through the Clothing Shopping Outlet in Wufenpu, a hotspot for finding discounted fashion in a variety of stores. And of course, the must-eat snacks in this night market you need to try are Pork Pepper Buns, Grilled Squid, Fried Dumplings, Taiwanese Herbal Pork Bone Soup, and so on.

3. Tamsui Old Street (淡水老街)

Tamsui Old Street is very contrast to the busy Taipei City. There are lots of restaurants, shops, cafes, Taiwanese snacks located along the riverfront in Tamsui, and its waterfront area is a great place to watch the sunset. People can also take the ferry from the pier at Tamsui Old Street across to Dadaocheng Wharf, Bali Left Bank, and Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf.

4. Jiufen Old Street (九份老街)

Jiufen is a former gold-mining settlement which becomes a popular tourist destination because of the Japanese anime film Spirited Away. This small town originally built by Japanese and many buildings in the town still remains unchanged. The must-try food in Jiufen is taro balls. It is a bowl of sweet soup with chewy handmade taro balls, sweet potato balls, green tea balls, and kidney beans.

5. Fengjia Night Market (逢甲夜市)

The Fenghjia Night Market is the largest and most popular night market in Taichung and it is centred around Feng Chia University. There are lots of food and drink stands, clothing stores, restaurants along Fengjia road, Fushin road, and Wnhua road. The takoyaki ball on Fushin road is the must-try food in this night market. It is very delicious and popular and it has a huge blue octopus as its sign.

6. Garden (Huayan) Night Market (花園夜市)

The most popular and largest night market in Tainan City. This night market has numerous food vendors, merchandise stalls, and game sections. In this market, you can not only have classic Taiwanese street foods, but also many international foods and local delicacies of Tainan. However, this night market only opens on three days a week, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. In Taiwan, there is a saying that goes ‘South is Garden, Middle is Fengia, and North is Shilin’.

7. Anping Old Street (安平老街)

Anping Old Street, the first street in Taiwan, was built by the Dutch in Anping more than 300 years ago. This is a narrow street but fully packed with food and drink stalls and old buildings. The street also features all kinds of cultural items, souvenirs and some traditional snacks regardless of Taiwanese or foreign visitors can find many interesting goods here. When tourists travelling to Tainan, this street is the must-visit destination, especially you would like to explore more history of Taiwan!

8. Ruifeng Night Market (瑞豐夜市)

Although it is not the biggest night market in Taiwan, however, many Kaohsiung people regard this market as their own kitchen and the gathering area to have some snacks and night meals. It sells a variety of street foods, clothing, fashion accessories, and so on. The unique xiao chi foods in this night market are Wanguo Steak Teppanyaki, Mongolian Barbecue, Satay Barbecue, Brown Sugar Bubble Tea, Papaya Milk Tea, etc.

9. Liuhe Tourist Night Market (六合夜市)

The Liuhe Night Market, the must-visit night market in Kaohsiung, is located in the heart of Kaohsiung and is easy to get there by MRT. In addition to a variety of delicious Taiwanese street foods, cold drinks, ices, snacks, the highlight in this night market is seafood. There are many food stalls selling seafood, such as shrimp, crab, squid, and octopus. When you visit Kaohsiung, do not miss the opportunity to try the papaya milk and steamed salty shrimps in the Liuhe Tourist Night Market!

10. Dongdamen Night Market (東大門夜市)

‘Dongdamen’ sounds similar to Seoul’s ‘Dongdaemun’, but these two places are entirely different things. The Dongdamen Night Mark is the largest night market in Hualien, the east of Taiwan. There are three main market lanes in this night market, Futing Market (Taiwanese food), Aboriginal Street (native aboriginal food), and a street especially selling the foods from China.

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8 Places in Taiwan You Have to Visit in 2020

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1. Taipei 101 (台北101)

Taipei 101 is the landmark of Taipei and the tallest building in Taiwan. There is an observation deck on the 89th floors of the building where the visitors can enjoy the view of Taipei. Besides the observation deck, the base of the building houses a multi-level shopping mall, various restaurants, food court, and stores.

2. Xi Men Ding (西門町)

Xi Men Ding, the ‘Harajuku’ of Taipei, was founded during the Japanese colonisation era, and today has grown into one of the city’s cultural centres. This pedestrian shopping haven is very popular with tourists and Taipei youth, along with a variety of fashion clothing shops, restaurants, clubs, bars, and also street performances and exhibitions.

3. National Palace Museum (國立故宮博物院)

The National Palace Museum, a world-class museum, has preserved more than 650,000 pieces of Chinese historical relics which has covered almost 5,000 years of Chinese history. In addition to a wide range of exhibits, the museum also offers a guided tour in seven languages, including Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Korean. This museum is a must-see on any tourist’s itinerary.

4. Sun Moon Lake (日月潭)

Sun Moon Lake, the largest lake in Taiwan, is located in the mountains of Nantou County. Recently, the surrounding area of Sun Moon Lake has been built for cycling, the tourists can not only exercise but can leisurely enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sun Moon Lake. Besides, you can also taste lots of delicious and traditional snacks in the Ita Thao Shopping Street. And the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village theme park is just located nearby Sun Moon Lake, the visitors can get there by the ropeway gondola.

5. Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山國家風景區)

Alishan National Scenic Area is located in the centre of Taiwan. Here, you can take the sunrise viewing train to see a sunrise and the sea of the clouds, this activity is so popular for both locals and foreigners. Then, you can visit the highest temple in Taiwan, Shouzhen Temple, and on the second floor, you can find 10,000 miniature Buddhas. And don’t forget to try some famous Alishan Tea before you leave!

6. Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

The Chimei Museum, funded by Chi Mei Corporation, a petrochemical company, is located in Tainan. This is a comprehensive museum with a wide range collection of European paintings, historic weapons, musical instrument, industrial techniques, and ancient objects. The museum also collects many valuable violins and it loans its violins to lots of excellent musicians. More importantly, there are lots of photo-taking spots that visitors can leave a lovely memory in Taiwan!

7. Taroko Park (大魯閣草衙道)

The Taroko Park is the commercial complex located in Kaohsiung, which consists of the shopping area and the amusement park area. This is the largest shopping centre in Taiwan with more than 200 retailers built with European architecture style. Taroko Park is also the first sports-theme park in Taiwan, it offers many best facilities for the toddlers and young children which makes it ideal for the families. Besides, it is the only theme park can be accessible by metro in Taiwan.

8. Taroko Gorge (太魯閣)

Taroko Gorge, the Taiwanese Grand Canyon, is along with Alishan and Sun Moon Lake. It is created by the continual rising mountains and the erosive power of the Liwu River. In addition to the gorge, there are lots of attractions include temples, museums, aboriginal settlements, and numerous hiking trails for the visitors to experience the true beautiful mountain scenery of eastern Taiwan. Remember to take a photo with Taroko Gorge Entrance Gate when visiting here!


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8 Places to Take the Best Instagram Photos in Taiwan in 2019

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1. Zhengbin Fishing Port (正濱漁港)

The Zhengbin Fishing Port, new instagrammable spot in Keelung, is knowns as the Taiwan version of Venice. This is an ordinary fishing port repainted with romantic colours, and there are 16 colourful rainbow houses along the Zhengbib Fishing Port which make this fishing port more vivid. Tourists can snap colourful photos of the artsy houses by the Zhangbin Fishing Port.
Popular Hashtags: #正濱漁港#zhengbinfishingport

2. Xiangshan (Taipei 101) (象山/台北101)

Xiangshan, the highest point in Taipei city, is one of the best places to enjoy Taipei’s scenery. It is very convenient to reach the Xiangshan Trail and then people can overlook the view of Taipei 101 and also enjoy the beautiful sunset. When the night is getting dark and the city lights brighten the entire night sky, people can also enjoy the beautiful night scenes.
Popular Hashtags: #taipei101#象山#xiangshan

3. Tao Zhu Yin Yuan (陶朱隱園)

Tao Zhu Yin Yuan, also known as Agora Garden tower, is the most futuristic residential building in Taipei. This 21-storey building with a special appearance of rotation is inspired by the double-helical structure of human DNA. Here now has become the popular Instagram spot in Taipei and people can also take a photo with the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan and Taipei 101 at the same time from a special angle.
Popular Hashtags: #taipei101#taozhuyinyuan#陶朱隱園

4. Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車)

The Maokong Gondola is the first gondola system in Taipei and the one-way travel time is about 20 to 30 minutes. The three most beautiful times to take the gondola are when the sun is setting when the lights of the city are shinning at night, and in the midst after rain. At the final stop, there are numerous tea shops and tea plantations, visitors can taste Taiwan’s speciality tea and meal while enjoying the stunning scenery of Taipei.
Popular Hashtags: #maokonggondola #貓空

5. Longfeng Waterfall Skywalk (龍鳳瀑布空中步道)

The Longfeng Waterfall Skywalk, the longest air corridor in Taiwan, is a ‘U’ shaped walkway with transparent and no suspension system, just likes the Taiwan version of the American Grand Canyon Skywalk. This trail allows visitors to stay at the bottom of the waterfall and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall, and the thrill of walking through the air on the transparent trail.
Popular Hashtag: #龍鳳瀑布空中步道

6. National Taichung Theatre (台中國家歌劇院)

The National Taichung Theatre is undoubtedly the hottest spot in Taichung! This building is the most difficult one to construct in the world and it is designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito. Visitors can not only take beautiful pictures at the outside of the theatre, but the inside of the theatre also has a lot of amazing spaces that visitors can take a lot of photos in there. Besides, the night view outside the theatre is also very beautiful, not only suitable for dating but also suitable for the family to take a walk and enjoy the beauty of the National Taichung Theatre.
Popular Hashtags: #台中國家歌劇院#nationaltaichungtheater

7. Chimei Museum (奇美博物館)

The Chimei Museum is one of the must-see attractions for people to visit Tainan. Due to its unique architecture, a Versailles-style European building, it has become a hot spot for the photo-taking. The square also has many statues with Greek mythology as the background and the beautiful fountain which are also the hot Instagrammable spots.
Popular Hashtags: #chimeimuseum #奇美博物館

8. Siaogangshan Skywalk Park (岡山之眼)

The design of the Siaogangshan Skywalk is inspired by music, the cable-stayed bridge looks like a violin and its steel cables symbolize the violin strings, while the spiral staircases at the end represent a harmonica which seems to respond to the violin in a song. The whole skywalk is not really long, but the visitors can clearly enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Taiwan Strait, 85 Sky Tower, the Agongdian Reservoir, and the Mount Banping and the visitors can also take lots of beautiful pictures on the 8-storey glass walkway.
Popular Hashtags: #siaogangshanskywalkpark #岡山之眼


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5 Easy Steps To Take Action in 2020

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“You cannot begin, until you begin.”
― Tony Cleaver
“A little action often spurs a lot of momentum.”
― Noah Scalin
“Start before you’re ready.”
― Steven Pressfield

5 Easy Steps To Take Action in 2020

1) Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Have you heard that saying, “nothing great comes from comfort zones”. It’s true.

– Travel and working overseas is the best way to refresh your surroundings and step out of your comfort zone. Most of our 25 000 graduates said that their lives changed for the best after becoming a TESOL teacher and starting the overseas English teaching career. 

2) Picture The Best Outcome

What is your goal? Picture the best possible outcome of you achieving that goal. With that picture in mind, take the first step to help you achieve that goal.

– If your goal is to travel the world. Picture the country you want to travel to. Picture sights you will see, the foods you will taste, and the people you will meet. Picture yourself living and working as a local in your dream destination. We are an outcome focused training college, so whatever your best outcome is, we will be here to help you achieve it. 

3) Ask Questions

Asking a question is still an action. Finding the appropriate information for your goals is just as important as making your goal.

– Take the time to complete a consultation with us to help you focus your goals and map out the best pathway to achieve them. We have free TESOL career consultations for you. Simply call 0439 867 802 to start your no obligations consultation with us today. 

4) Have Faith in Your Decision

Making a decision and sticking to it is imperative to achieving your goals. When you question yourself and your decision, that’s when you give up. Don’t give up! You can do it.

– Making the decision to join the ATA community will be beneficial for you and your journey. We are a supportive community that will ensure that you don’t give up. 

5) Take Small Steps to Achieve Your Larger Goals

The first step is always the hardest. But each step after that gets easier and easier as you develop a rhythm.

– The first and easiest step to take in your TESOL career is to simply enroll.

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Why you need international work experience on your resume in 2020

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International Work Experience for your RESUME

Do you want to travel all over the world for exciting experiences such as delicious food, exotic culture and adventure?

But during your vacation, you don’t have enough time to complete all of your bucket list?

Are you concerned about how your extended trip will be regarded on your resume?

Or you have you finished your life-time trip but still don’t know how to include your international experience on your resume?

Don’t worry, we have you covered!

Even though many people dream of traveling world, most of them hesitate to put it into action because they are worried about an extended gap in their resume and the impact it may have on their future career.

However, with a change of globalization, many employers now actually prefer candidates with international experience. Your international experience can be used to make your resume outstanding from others with a little thought and tips.

Plus, choosing a career with global travel opportunities, like becoming a TESOL teacher with us, means that you won’t have any gaps on your resume.

You will be working and travelling in an industry that has endless future career opportunities and practical skills that can be applied in any future workplace. All of these skills will put you and your resume ahead of the others.

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FREE Total Physical Response ESL Activity – Upper Intermediate Grammar

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Total physical response approach activity for Upper-Intermediate children to teach one grammar point:

Scavenger Hunt
Having planned a route and hidden objects/clues either around the classroom or teaching facility, students are given a list of clues which all include prepositions eg:

Walk down the corridor to the end, then look behind the poster of Big Ben.
The classroom window opens wide, look outside and see what you find.
If you don’t know where to look, try underneath your teacher’s book.

Depending on the number of students, they can either work in pairs or in a group to find all of the hidden objects/clues.


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FREE ESL Activity Worksheet – Beginner Level

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1. Which is the verb word in the following sentence?

The dog chewed his bone in the back yard.

2. Which are noun words in this sentence?

My sister danced at her school concert.

3. Which is the correct word for the space provided?

I __________ (done/did) my homework last night.

4. Can you name the following image and then write the word?

5. Which is the adjective word in the sentence below?

The hungry dingo ate the sheep.

6. Can you unravel the following word, and then discuss with your partner or group what the word means to you?


7. Can you fill the word for the images in the sentence below?

The chased the before fetching the .

8. What time is it one the clock face below?

9. Can you name and write in the missing numbers for the spaces below?

1. One

2. _____

3. Three

4. _____

5. _____


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